horrific fires are raging here, with hundreds of homes already lost. as far as i've been able to learn, one person has lost his life, but the news last night was saying more were feared gone. i hope they are wrong.
we were watching the news late yesterday, & were horrified to see that in addition to homes being ablaze, one area still had gas running, but no water! that meant that flames were being fed by the gas going to each home, & that firemen could do nothing, because there was no water for their hoses. to add to their frustration, many homes had pools, but the firemen had no way to pump that water, & put it to use.
it's just all so sad. so much loss, so many hearts breaking. my thoughts are with all of those affected by the fires. so too are my thoughts with the firemen who are fighting with every ounce of energy they can muster - may they all stay safe.
ah, i hear a little hobbit stirring. i'm off for a snuggle, & to think about how lucky i am.
** to friends & family far away: we are safe here. none of the fires are near enough to pose even the most minute of threats. the only problem we face is the smoke, so we are staying indoors. **